Curling: Gina Aitken one win from Junior final

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Edinburgh curler Gina Aitken is safely through to the medal play-offs after winning the ‘Battle of Britain’ at the World Junior Championships in Tallinn.

The 21-year-old needed to beat England’s Hetty Garnier to guarantee a top-four placing in the round-robin section, and duly won 7-3 after counting three stones at the fifth end to lead 6-1.

Two-time Scottish junior champion Aitken was second overall with six wins out of nine. She is now just one victory away from a place in tomorrow’s final, but her task in today’s 1v2 play-off could not be more daunting as Canada’s defending champion Kelsey Rocque won all nine round robin games and trounced Aitken 9-2 on Wednesday.

Murrayfield skip Bruce Mouat was due to meet Swede Fredrik Nyman in the 3v4 play-off.